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Special Section — The Country Water Supply; Using Grey Water in the Garden

Add to Favorites Using pure fresh water in the garden—while sending only “slightly used” grey water into the septic or sewer system—is considered wasteful in some situations. Where water is …

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A Beginner’s Guide to Container Potatoes

Add to Favorites By Lori Fontanes I know what you’re thinking: what’s so special about potatoes? With all those ubiquitous orders of fries and mashed platters, why do I need to …

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Sack Plants: Go Landless

Add to Favorites By Anita Stone, North Carolina When you think about the cost of goods and work involved in traditional land gardening, the first item is ground soil, which has …

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Understanding Forage Production and Forage Quality

Add to Favorites By John Hibma – Forages are the foundation of all livestock diets. The production and feeding of high-quality forages will help ensure that livestock grows at an optimal …

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Growing Tepary Beans: The Most Heat-Tolerant Crop in the World

Add to Favorites By Kevin Geer – I grow beans every year on the ranch. One of my favorite meals includes fresh-picked Blue Lake Green beans. They’re so delicious! Just thinking …

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The Fall and Resurrection of Hemp Plants

Add to Favorites By Karin Deneke, Colorado A common crop George Washington raised during the 1760s on his farms in Virginia was declared illegal in the 1930s. Also known as …

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Old and New Methods of Agriculture in The San Luis Valley

Add to Favorites By Karin Deneke, Photos by Chuck Reel and Karin Deneke The San Luis Valley’s farming legacy includes old and new methods of agriculture within a historically sustainable …

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10 Best Agriculture Schools

Add to Favorites By Doug Ottinger, Minnesota – Academia, I learned, is not all about laptops and college football games these days. In a few corners around the country, some of …

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Selective Cutting and Sustainable Forestry Plans
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Selective cutting is a term used in the management of forest land. Selective cutting and clear cutting both have a place in the proper management of timber …

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pH: What’s the Big Deal?

Add to Favorites By Nancy P. Farris, South Carolina Potential Hydrogen (PH) is measured as a scale of 0 to 14, with 7 being neutral. At pH 7, soil contains …

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Bring Back Life to Your Soil with Organic Gardening

Add to Favorites By Kay Wolfe Organic food has become widely popular in recent years and in part has fueled the success of local farmer’s markets. Maybe you’ve even thought …

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Composting And Compost Bin Designs

Add to Favorites By Kenny Coogan With spring cleaning behind us, it is time to start the odd jobs of summer. Composting is a fundamental aspect of homesteading and is …

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A Tale of Two Soil Cities

Add to Favorites By Susan Fisk As we walk along a forest path, the soil beneath our feet seems like a uniform substance. However, it is an intricate network of soil …

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Kitchen Scraps and Coffee Grounds for Plants
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Composting isn’t always a fine art. Sometimes, it just means saving coffee grounds for plants and dumping them on the soil. When I started my first garden …

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Mulching Benefits All Year Long
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites In my dream world, every gardening season starts with a blank slate of properly prepared, weed-free beds just waiting to be planted. Of course, that’s not how …

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